March 29th, 2013
06:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Carrey calls conservative media critics 'bullies'

(CNN) - Jim Carrey's video mocking the late actor and National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston didn't please some conservatives - not that Carrey himself minds.

The video, a spoof version of the old comedy show "Hee Haw," featured Carrey playing both Heston and the leader of a country-western group, mocking Heston's declaration that gun control advocates would have to pry his firearms "from my cold, dead hands"

Conservative pundits claimed Carrey was inappropriately denigrating Heston, who died in 2008. Taking particular aim at, presumably, Fox News - the spelling below is his - Carrey responded to the critics Friday.

"In my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue," Carrey wrote in a statement.

"I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure," he continued.

Heston, who died in 2008, rose to fame as an actor in movies like "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur." Later in life, however, he turned his attention to political advocacy, eventually becoming the president of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003.

Carrey starred in movies like "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" and "The Mask." He actively argues his case for gun control on Twitter @JimCarrey.

A spokeswoman for Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

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  1. hmmm

    Heston rose to fame as an actor in movies like "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur."

    Carrey starred in movies like "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" and "The Mask."

    I think that those two sentences say a lot.

    March 30, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. WillyNilly

    Good grief... Heston was the target of ridicule from the time he made the statement about 'cold dead hands'. It was only when he was showing signs of dementia that it stopped, but that didn't stop the NRA from exploiting his celebrity. And it hasn't stopped them even now. I prefer to think that 20 dead children in New Town would have changed his mind and I mean before dementia set in.

    March 30, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. luvUamerica

    I saw the funny, and emailed to all the older family members who remember HeeHaw. It is a very funny skit he made. Carrey is incredibly funny and talented. If you want to see it, you can find it on youtube.

    For the extreme right, Heston is like Jesus. He is one of their "prophets". So, I understand their reaction to the skit. Their reaction will not subside, as that is what they always do. They are going to get really frenzied, frothing at the mouth, until they see some blood.

    Jim Carrey, you nailed that skit.

    March 30, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Chris

    If he likes gun control so much why doesn't he move back to Canada.... oh wait.. he likes the American dollar more...

    March 30, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Dave

    Jim, you are an idiot! Mainstream media has been in Liberal's pocket for years and you claim conservative media "bullies?!" What did the mainstream media do to President Bush for 8 years?! To Romney?! Pull your head out of your ass and face reality!

    March 30, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Deacon

    Jim Carey is a fruit loop. Since when do these so called stars opinion really matter. So sick listening to their their political opinions. What a shame for the young people today to have to look up to these people as so called role models. On top of that I don't find him a funny comedian at all. All his movies are the same. Dumb, just like him!!

    March 30, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. John

    Sorry Jim Carrey, you can't have it both ways. You mock a person, then can't take the heat when folks call you on it. If it is your opinion that it is okay for you to belittle the deceased (which is your right), then you should be defending the rights of others to mock you. Fair is fair.

    March 30, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. RIck

    Evidentally, Mr. Carey hasn't been watching much of Piers Morgan.

    March 30, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Mr. Mark

    Why would anyone resond to little jimmie.The boy is nothing more then a clown. And worst yet a washed up clown.

    March 30, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Jim

    Are they bullies for pointing out that Carrey's baseless attack on childhood vaccinations may have killed children? Let's pry that from his cold dead hands and see where things stand.

    March 30, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. tom

    He's right.

    March 30, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. g

    the founding fathers said every one should have a assault rifle-then went out to the slave quarters and handed them out RIGHT

    March 30, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Rosslaw

    The important thing is that Heston is now with Jesus in that firing range in the sky, making 1000 yard head shots with a black powder musket-remember, its heaven.

    March 30, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. bspurloc

    Jim Carrey represents the norm today heston represents bigots that dont get they are the past

    March 30, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. dkm

    Spot on Jim!

    March 30, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. iamstopper

    So Fox News is the bully? LOL!!! This has been washed up Canadian actor makes fun of a dead film legend who can't fight back and Fox is the bully? Laughing my butt off......

    March 30, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Wilhelm

    Charlton Heston, a great actor, had stood up for civil rights in the 1960's when that type of bravery was unheard of, especially for a major celebrity. Jim Carrey, a irrelevant has been, mocks a dead soul who stood up for his beliefs. Pretty much sums up Carreys "bravery".

    March 30, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. JImbo

    Carrey's movie "Dumb and Dumber" largely typifies the personality of Carrey and others who are against guns. Get the real and logical facts from a little research rather than Carrey's nonsense.

    March 30, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. kathy

    Some of the comments above are so funny. Of course they're not meant to be...but some of the right wing-nuts refer to Carrey as being in the 'liberal's pockets"? That's rich as we're talking about Heston...a man who lived in the pockets of the GOP and it's conservative, intolerant and narrow minded bigotry and hate. If they want to hear someone's opinion....then just listen to Fat Boy Drug Addict Rush Limbaugh, Rove, O'Reilly and deal with it. EVERYONE has an opinion...and the right smear and throw the dirty darts just as hard and often as the left and the bad evil ole liberals. You people are NUTS.

    March 30, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. lottie

    mean while the GOP in just one week have insulted the African Americans and the Mexican Americans. Only they where not joking. But lets get all up over a skit that involves statements made for real by a dead guy.

    March 30, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Paul

    You conservative crybabies. Heston was insane. Fox is a cancer. Your gun obsession is barbering in mental illness. Get a grip.

    March 30, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Larry

    Right on, Jim. Your metaphors are a little crude, but your sentiment is exactly correct.

    March 30, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Paul

    That was "bordering on," not "barbering in." Thanks autocorrect....

    March 30, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. rosethornne

    GOPhers can't take criticism. Their view is the only view and is 100% correct always.
    Criticism makes their heads explode.

    March 30, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Rachel

    So now because he's called out on his stupid video, they're bullies? All this from a guy who use to talk out his butt. Jim is a joke, just like his career.

    March 30, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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